Thursday, December 18, 2014

Photo Booth & Gambling

Last Saturday was the Edward Jones Christmas party.  

Last year there was a photo booth (which was the highlight of the party) so I was hoping it'd be there this year too. Lucky for me:

Not only was the photo booth there but the Millers were there too (well, technically we came/went together but…) 

We were A LOT better at taking pictures last year but the second one down on the group pictures is the best!

We ate lots of food and LOTS of dessert and each of us gambled away $1,000 playing craps (fake money, of course!!!!). None of us had ever played so we were like the dumb, sober ones learning from the less sober advisors…

AND we got to bring home a beta fish for the kids (they were the centerpieces). Lucky for us Everett had just asked for a fish a few days prior. He also asked for a dog, not a puppy, and said that he really, really wanted a BIG dog. Unlucky for me a big dog showed up on our front porch this morning. He must have been lost because I highly doubt we'll ever get a dog… sorry Everett… maybe we should name our beta "dog".

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Life… Bathed

Sometimes I forget to document life. Living. Not just events that happened, things we did, or outing we went on… but things we do. All the time. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Errands With My Peeps

Jake had an office open house last Friday night. 

In preparation for his open house we spent several evenings decorating his office, putting up a tree, and drinking hot chocolate. We all really enjoyed it and decided we'd make it a new tradition to decorate Dad's office for Christmas. And then probably eat cookies at Kneeders since it's in the same parking lot. This year Breckie had a star (sugar cookie), Everett a tree, and Jake and I had mint brownies. SO GOOD. 

On Friday, a few minutes before the open house, the kids and I dropped off all the food. We planned to run some errands and then come back for the end. 

As soon as we got to our first destination: 

It wasn't a big deal though. Since it was perfect outside, I just rolled down the windows and prepared my church lesson on my phone while they slept. It worked out really well, actually!

When they woke up we went inside Ikea. I was picking up the last things I needed for Breckies room. Everett likes to play in the play place and Breckie was my little shopping buddy… and bathroom buddy with these super handy seats in the stalls for moms like me who don't buy shoes for their kids...

Since we had time to kill and they were hungry, we went to McDonalds. 

Everett begged me to take him to the mall where they have this train set inside Barns & Noble. I CLEARLY remember standing right beside this same train table hugely pregnant with Breckie nearly two years ago. I'm glad he still has fun with these trains… even though parking at the mall around Christmas time is almost as challenging as finding that needle in a haystack!

That night was also the Christmas party at church. We got there really late but still managed to eat lots of cookies and visit with friends. We also had lots and lots and lots of leftover cookies from the open house… I'm pretty sure I'm still in a cookie coma!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Neighborhood Fields

I went running in the fields behind our neighborhood this weekend. They've had tractors back there for a few weeks and it looks like they might plant something soon. 

I'm anxious to see what they're going to grow since it's only been tumbleweeds since we moved in 18 months ago. Hopefully it will be a good backdrop for taking pictures :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Rain

Arizona + rain can only mean one thing… that Everett and I will be out riding scooters! Even if it's 8 am on a December morning. 

It was pretty chilly but you can't not ride scooters in the rain. No really, Everett doesn't give me the option!

Breckie watched us for a while and then demanded that she and Everett play a game of tag while racing around the block in the rain. 

There's always a price you pay to create fun memories with your kids… that morning it was a cold, cold 45 minutes in the rain and a bruised chin. 

It's true, I slipped and smashed my chin in the driveway… 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Three 'til 2

Breckie will be 2 in three months...

And that's all I have to say about that :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Last week we had a meeting with Everett's teachers and speech therapist at school. 

He is doing so well that he doesn't need the program anymore. 

When he first started last August he was super shy but loved school. He still loves school and now loves to be the center of attention too. His teachers also told me that he is always the first to raise his hand and answer the question and wants the other kids to be quiet while he talks!

I love how much he's grown and learned and I'm super sad he won't be in the preschool program anymore. Next year he'll be in Kindergarten so I think we'll just enjoy the next 8 months school free. 

Lately he's been saying "dang-it" a lot. It's pretty hilarious. I asked him where he heard the word and he said "from Dad!" 

As we were driving to his last day of school yesterday I mentioned that he could say "shoot" or something else instead of dang-it because dang-it is kind-of a word for big kids… 

And he says: "But Mom, I've been eating lots of food and I'm growing bigger and bigger and that means I'm a big kid now."

I guess he's right. He is getting so big!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Effie & Everett

These two! The cutest, sweetest, most adorable nephew/aunt relationship I've ever seen. Everett has no idea that Aunt Effie is going on a mission and will be gone for 18 months. I'm not going to tell him either. It would destroy him. 

I honestly think he loves Aunt Effie more than he loves me! I wouldn't be mad even if he told you. I think she's pretty fantastic, myself. In fact, I would love to be more like her. 

So, just in case we never get around to it or we die tomorrow, Effie is the heir to our children. (A blogpost is super legal and legit, right??) We couldn't think of a more perfect fit and I know she'd love to raise our little peeps as her own!

But since we're not going to die, our fingers are crossed that she ends up living close by so we can visit her all the time!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thankful It's Over

I always have SO much to be thankful for. SOOO much! So I guess this year I am grateful that Thanksgiving wasn't any worse than it was. 

It took us a solid 3 weeks to decide if we were going to drive to CO or stay in AZ. Finally we decided to drive to CO. Breckie (and I) are not very good road-trippers but Jake and Everett are the bomb. 

So we set off Wednesday morning at 10:15. We purposely didn't leave any earlier because we didn't want to start out the trip sleep deprived. 

The 7 hour drive took us 9 hours and Breckie puked 6 times… well, she had 6 puking episodes which means she really puked 12-15 times. At least we brought wipes this time :) (and honestly, she hasn't puked since September 3rd… I've been keeping track!)

The next 4 days went as follows: no sleep, eat, Breckie puke, no sleep, eat, Breckie puke, sleep exhaustion, wanting to die, Breckie puke, Breckie puke, Breckie puke x's 100, drive home, Breckie puke 3 more times, Breckie freaks out and gives one final scream session 45 minutes before we get home. 

It was exhausting. 

BUT we did get to see family… including my Grandma that came from NM and my sister from UT (whom is about to leave on her mission).

Friday we decided to go to Vallecito lake to see if we could catch any salmon. But mostly to get out of the house. 

My grandma and Jake with little miss puker. She really was pretty sick.

Everett, though, had the time of his life.  

Saturday we went with Effie to the Monticello temple. Jake stayed home because Breckie was still sick and puking. 

Effie is going to the Oakland CA mission and is serving part of her mission in the temple visitors center.  Whoop whoop. I was totally planning a family road trip to go and visit her later this summer but then we looked at a map and it's a 14 hour drive. Disneyland is a halfway point… BUT as long as Breckie makes puking while traveling her new favorite pastime I don't think so!

Later we ate some Mexican food and Bridget decorated for Christmas. 

Sunday morning at 3:45 Breckie woke up the whole house. Had a bath even. Jake packed the car and we were just going to wake Everett up and start the 9 hour journey home. But as soon as the car was completely packed and ready she fell asleep. 

But we are alive to tell the tale. 

Trips like these are what memories are made of, right??!?

I am THANKFUL we are home!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Favorite Family Pictures

We decided to do sort of a Christmas card picture swap with the Millers. They took pictures of us and we took pictures of them… a win-win for everyone!

The sun was setting and the golden horizon is my favorite!!

I LOVE all of these pictures!!!

These two pictures are taken almost exactly a year apart from each other… I didn't even plan that. It just worked out that way. There are just too many similarities (they are both wearing the same shirts even!) I'll have to get a picture just like this every year.

After pictures we went to a little Mexican place right in town that has horchata…. a family favorite! (And that picture of the Millers is soon to be one of their family favorites :) she is pregnant, he is not!!)